Man wants a job with FBI, instead gets 80 months in jail

Updated 1/15/2012 6:08 PM

If you're going to apply to the FBI for a job, you don't want to have any skeletons in your closet.

Or child pornography on your computer.


A 34-year-old DeKalb man will have nearly seven years to think about his mistake.

U.S. District Judge Frederick Kapala recently sentenced Dominick Pelletier to 80 months in prison without parole after he pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography that had crossed state lines.

Authorities said Pelletier applied for a job with the FBI as an intelligence analyst. He took a polygraph test in August 2008 as part of the application process.

Afterward, in a routine post-test interview, Pelletier told agents he thought he had problems on the test regarding questions about child pornography.

Authorities said Pelletier later admitted he had child porn on his computer and consented to a search of it. He pleaded guilty to the charges in August 2011.

Lawsuit, redux: It's back to the drawing board for Timothy Cahill, the man suing an Elgin funeral home and East Dundee crematorium claiming his wife was wrongly cremated.

Kane County Judge Judith Brawka had some words for Scott Larson, the attorney representing Cahill, in the lawsuit against Laird Funeral Home and the Twins Pine Crematory.

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Cahill seeks more than $50,000 for intentional infliction of emotional distress after his wife, Helen, 64, was cremated in early December 2010.

She was struck and killed by a car in Elgin Nov. 22, 2010, but Cahill, an over-the-road trucker, was staying with his mother in Iowa and didn't know she had died. Helen Cahill's son requested and was granted her cremation.

Brawka told Larson that his lawsuit was insufficient, and if he was going to sue for intentional infliction if emotional distress, he needed to state that the funeral home knew that Timothy Cahill existed and that his wishes superseded those of Helen's son.

"Just because you say it is doesn't make it so," Brawka told Larson last week.

Both Laird and Twin Pines have denied any wrongdoing in the matter.

All parties are due in court again March 28.

"The plaintiff's complaint is wholly devoid of any well pleaded facts to show that Laird maliciously, out of ill will, or out of spite facilitated the cremation of (Helen Cahill's) body," wrote defense attorney Jeffrey Harger in an effort to dismiss the lawsuit.


Twin Pines attorney Dmitry Polyakov argued that Helen Cahill's son, Daniel Travis, should be liable for any damages because he applied for the cremation permit and signed a form saying he was unaware of any next of kin that objected to the cremation.

The suit states that Helen Cahill wanted to be buried in Tennessee. Her mother is buried in Nashville.

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